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Written by Brooke Benschoter   
Monday, 06 August 2012 14:37

Need some relief from all that food on a stick? Follow up state fair food with week of raw, fresh and healthy.

DES MOINES, IA--Feeling a little sluggish (and guilty) from chowing down on State Fair food?  Recovery is around the corner at Raw Food Week Aug. 20-29, and, don’t worry, the word “diet” isn’t even on the program.

Raw Food Week covers the basics of living a healthy lifestyle based on the freshest, natural ingredients possible—just in time to reap the benefits of the bounty of the Iowa growing season, farmers’ markets and maybe your own backyard garden.

“There will be a variety of ways to experience a healthier way of eating that doesn’t mean dieting, but rather thinking differently about what’s at the end of your fork,” said Sheree Clark, holistic health and nutrition counselor and certified raw food chef.  “The focus of Raw Food Week is to experience, not lecture, and learn from those who have transformed their lives and the lives of others.”

Events throughout the week include tastings, presentations, a film screening, as well as the opportunity to experience raw food offerings at several restaurants in metro Des Moines.  The highlight of the week will be a not-your-typical health and wellness presentation by “Dave the Raw Food Trucker,” a formerly sick and obese big-rig driver who reshaped his life through a “raw” experiment, which resulted in weight loss of 230 pounds.

Start off the week by ordering in. On Monday local chef Brandi Leuders will take orders for specially prepared raw dinners that can be picked up on Wednesday--so there’s one meal you won’t have to worry about preparing this week!  Fresh Café is also preparing take-out items that can be purchased throughout the week. The rest of the week unfolds with these events:

Monday, August 20
Movie Night: Special Screening
Forks Over Knives; raw food concessions available
7:00 p.m. $5/person
Fleur Cinema

Tuesday, August 21
Endless Summer: Capturing Your Garden’s Bounty
Sheree Clark, Fork In The Road
11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.  $20/person
Walnut Ridge, Clive, Iowa

Wednesday, August 22
Dave “The Raw Food Trucker” Rolls Through Des Moines
4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M. --appearance at West Glen Farmer’s Market; free
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. --presentation at Event Center West, West Des Moines; $20/person

Thursday, August 23
Meals That Heal, Jean Lorentzen, D.O.
7:00 P.M. $10/person
All Play, Des Moines, Iowa

Friday, August 24
Healthy Happy Hour
Cheers! Wine is a "Raw" Food!
5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. $10/person; includes raw food appetizers
Jasper Winery, Des Moines

Saturday, August 26
Farmer's Market—the best raw food around!
Court Avenue, Des Moines: 7:00 A.M. – Noon; free

Sunday, August 26
Raw Sunday Brunch
Seatings At 11:00 A.M. And 12:30 P.M.
$29.95/person for adults; $14.95/person for children under 12
Echo Valley Country Club, Norwalk, Iowa

Restaurants that are including special menu items for Raw Food Week include Alba, Campbell’s Nutrition, Fresh Café, Gateway Café, Luna Bistro and Natural Thirst.  Information on all events and how to register can be found at Facebook.com/RawFoodDSM.
Raw Food Week is hosted by the 600+ member Des Moines Raw Food Group.  For more information visit www.meetup.com/RawFoodDSM.-----------------------------------------------------------------------

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